MSc Real Estate Management
This course is open for applications
To apply for entry to this course in January 2024 please visit the 2023/24 course page
Page last updated 7 December 2023
This well respected, internationally recognised, RICS-accredited course boasts strong industry links and puts you on the fast track to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors membership. It's designed to help you develop the key skills you'll need to become highly employable.
Surveying is a stand-out profession - it's well respected, provides a good living, and offers the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. This course gives you a set of transferable skills that make you highly sought after in the job market, and delivers a programme of study to provide graduates of a non-associated degree with the core technical knowledge and skills that can lead to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). As a student on this course, you will be able to gain free student membership of RICS.
Give your career a competitive advantage
You'll gain an advanced understanding of concepts in real estate valuation, appraisal, development and management, and learn how to apply the theory to the real world so you can pursue and develop your career. You'll also develop Master's level research and analysis skills.
Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with RICS begins once you are in relevant employment. It's the fastest route to RICS chartered status for graduates in other disciplines you could achieve your APC within three years. The course is so well regarded in the industry, we're approached regularly by employers who want UWE graduates to come and work for them. The course is even developed with our partner employers, to ensure we produce graduates they want to hire.
The course comprises 180 credits 120 taught and a further 60 for the dissertation.
- Real Estate Economics and Valuation (30 credits) - Develops your skills at reading property markets and understanding the related data and explores different methods of valuation.
- Strategic Estate Management (15 credits) - Examines the role property plays in the economy, organisations and communities, and the importance of a strategic approach to managing property, aligning real estate and carrying out business strategies.
- Real Estate Law (15 credits) - Covers the basic principles of real estate law and explores in further detail the law in areas best suited to your ambitions.
- Real Estate Investment and Development (30 credits) - Examines the key areas of commercial real estate investment at portfolio level, and innovations in real estate investment, and the financial, fiscal, planning and other regulatory issues when creating residential and commercial property.
- Managerial Finance for the Built Environment (15 credits) - Looks at one of the mandatory RICS competencies by giving you a firm grounding in the interpretation of published accounts and financial information. It also introduces you to management accounting.
- Sustainability in the Built Environment (15 credits) - Delivered by a multi-disciplinary team to provide the foundation for understanding how sustainable development can be achieved in both new and existing developments from individual buildings to large-scale infrastructures and neighbourhoods.
Dissertation (60 credits)
This personal research project of 14,000 words is usually linked to an aspect of real estate that has a specific professional application or is of personal interest to you. You have the choice of submitting your dissertation in the April or September following completion of the taught modules.
Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
The experienced academics that teach the modules of this course are also accomplished professionals with many years in professional practice or research roles. Their knowledge and experience feeds straight into the course content along with the latest academic and business developments.
Teaching methods vary depending on the module, but all modules comprise lectures, project work and tutorials.
For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.
You can begin your studies in September or January.
Full-time: 12 months.
You should spend a minimum of 28 hours a week studying.
Part-time: 24 months.
You should spend a minimum of 14 hours a week studying. Employed part-time students will also spend a further five hours a week in the workplace on Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)-related activities.
The taught portion of the programme is over two semesters (or four for part-time study). The first starts in September and ends in December, with an assessment period in January the second runs from January to April with an assessment period in May. You can start in either semester.
The Real Estate Economics and Valuations and Real Estate Investment and Development modules are taught each week (Tuesdays) and the other modules are taught alternating weeks on Thursdays.
We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, surveys and presentations. There are some oral exams but no traditional, written examinations. We also encourage you to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessment. This does not count towards final marks, but the feedback you receive helps improve your performance.
Learn more about assessments at UWE Bristol.
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means, once you have completed a period of qualifying practice in employment (usually 2 years) and finished your degree, you can take the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If successful, you will become a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor.
You will be able to gain free student membership of RICS whilst studying at UWE.
UWE Bristol has invested significantly in both online and university-based resources to support your study.
We have attractive and imaginatively designed spaces which can be used by students for individual study or collaborative projects, to meet with tutors or to access the latest online resources.
The library and some computer labs on campus are open 24 hours, and the department's suite of computer rooms supports software for word processing, data analysis, spatial analysis, computer-aided design and other specialist software. You also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the library.
The department has an extensive programme of research and consultancy combining academic excellence and policy relevance one of many reasons we have such a well-established national and international reputation. We have a strong track record of securing project funding from bodies, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Union, and work with a wide range of clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
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Careers / Further study
Our graduates go on to work in property and construction, with many of them employed by organisations such as JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, Savills, NetworkRail, Allsops, YTL, Taylor Woodrow, GVA, Persimmon Homes, Valuation Office Agency, the Planning Inspectorate, Defence Estates, NHS Trusts, and various public landowning bodies, public sector organisations, local authorities and housing associations.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.
If you do not meet the above grade requirements but have at least 12 months relevant professional experience and/ or equivalent qualifications, we will consider you on an individual basis.
You are required to complete a personal statement for this course. Please read the personal statement guidance carefully and make sure that you answer the questions on the postgraduate application form within the personal statement tabs, keeping to the advised word count.
UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
English Language Requirement
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section.